An article published by the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service cite the TeachUp! Program as a critical part of Mississippi's Literacy Solution
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U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss., recently brought attention to the benefits of early childhood education and literacy by reading to preschool children as part of an AmeriCorps Jumpstart Read for the Record event on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Cochran has been a long time advocate for both literacy programs and volunteerism and service programs. Cochran serves as the Senate Republican Chair for the National Service Caucus.
"My parents were educators and I learned from them the value of a good education. Our schools in Mississippi are making progress in learning achievement, and getting children interested and involved in reading at an early age is a great advantage," said Cochran.
At a Senate hearing in July, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised recent improvements in literacy achievement among early grade students in Mississippi. "I think Mississippi is making as fast, if not faster progress, than any state in the country," Duncan told Cochran at the time. "Mississippi, as you know, historically has really been maybe 50th in so many indicators. Particularly in the early grade literacy, I think you have gone from 50th as a state to 43rd. That's remarkable progress in a short amount of time."
AmeriCorps and volunteer programs such as America Reads-Mississippi, Grenada School District AmeriCorps Learning Quilt, Teach for America, and the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) USA TeachUp! Program are critical parts of Mississippi's literacy solution. View a full list of national service programs in Mississippi.